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Hello Roahin, just wanted to say you do a fantastic job and have made me excited to play this game. I was wondering if you could help me build out an idea I had and help it work as I'm not sure how myself. If you dont have time or interest I understand and just wanted to ask. It is a heavy armored casting sorcerer not sure how best to do that. Main focus would be damage with a bit of survivability thrown in. Higher charisma for the main character. As I said thank you for reading and all you have done so far.
-Mr.Kyde
I gotta ask, would that Sword Saint/Duelist build be alright for a first time player? Being a dodge tank and DPS in one sounds fun.
@Roahin

I know it's probably been a while since you've played this game, but I was wondering what your take on an elven eldritch knight with a curve blade would be?

Sort of an elven knight looking to reclaim their lost kingdom, as hinted at in the end of the game.

If you can, thanks, if not, no worries.
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Roahin: Aldori Duelmaster
Role: Armorless Tank / Melee Damage
Race: Human
Alignment: Any
Final Build: Sword Saint 10 / Duelist 10

Build Notes: This game demands that sooner or later you're going to want to make a Swordlord. There's just too much lore, too many unique feats and equipment for you to stay away forever. A lot of people like to use the Aldori Defender and Aldori Swordlord prestige class... I'm not a fan. Both conceptually and mechanically, I feel the Sword Saint / Duelist does everything better. With this build you have Dex to damage at level 1, with the Swordlord PrC you have to wait until level 6 at the earliest. That's a long time doing 1d8+0.

Starting Stats
Sword Saint-1
10 Strength
18 Dexterity
10 Constitution
16 Intelligence
10 Wisdom
14 Charisma
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Feats: Weapon Finesse, Slashing Grace (Dueling Sword), Chosen Weapon (Dueling Sword)
Spells: (1) Enlarge Person, Grease, Magic Missile, Shield, Shocking Grasp, True Strike
Notes: You'll need to select your Chosen Weapon first before the game will let you pick Slashing Grace as your second feat.

Leveling Stats
Level 2 - Sword Saint 2
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1
Spells: (1) Ray of Enfeeblement, Vanish

Level 3 - Sword Saint 3
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Feats: Aldori Dueling Mastery, Extend Spell
Spells: (1) Expeditious Retreat, Reduce Person
Notes: Pretty much from Oleg's you can have acquired Bracers of Armor +1, Tartuccio's Ring, Gloves of Dexterity +2, Headband of Intellect +2 and a +1 Dueling Sword from the nearby locations. There's no reason to put off getting these things. You should have a respectable unarmored/unbuffed defensive fighting 26 AC by this point. Probably not quite enough to main tank, but enough to hold his own in melee.

Level 4 - Sword Saint 4
Attribute: Dexterity +1
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1
Spells: (2) Frigid Touch, Mirror Image

Level 5 - Sword Saint 5
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Feats: Dodge, Improved Unarmed Strike
Spells: (2) Blur, Web
Notes: Pretty obvious where those feats are building to.

Level 6 - Sword Saint 6
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1
Feats: Empowered Spell
Spells: (2) Acid Arrow, Glitterdust

Level 7 - Sword Saint 7
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Feats: Combat Mobility
Spells: (3) Displacement, Vampiric Touch
Note: You get Lightning Draw this level, an ability which stacks your Intelligence bonus to your Dexterity for Initiative. This stacks with Aldori Dueling Mastery.

Level 8 - Sword Saint 8
Attribute: Dexterity +1
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1
Feats: Empowered Spell
Spells: (3) Haste, Stinking Cloud

Level 9 - Duelist 1
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +2
Feats: Crane Style
Notes: The Intelligence to AC that Duelist grants STACKS with the same ability from Sword Saint, effectively double-dipping your stat. Assuming by now that you've found just some minimum equipment, your AC should be around: 10 + 6 Dex + 4 Int + 1 Int + 1 Ring + 1 Amulet + 1 Bracers + 2 Dueling Mastery + 1 Dodge + 4 Fighting Defensively = 31 AC unbuffed.
Remember also that your Dueling Sword qualifies for Precise Strike. You should be seeing a substantial uptick in damage.

Level 10 - Duelist 2
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Notes: Improved Reaction stacks with Lightning Draw which stacks with Aldori Dueling Mastery. You should have an initiative check of around +14 or +15 by now.

Level 11 - Duelist 3
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +2
Feats: Crane Wing

Level 12 - Duelist 4
Attribute: Dexterity +1
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Feats: Combat Reflexes(Free)

Level 13 - Duelist 5
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +2
Feats: Combat Expertise

Level 14 - Duelist 6
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1

Level 15 - Duelist 7
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +2
Feats: Weapon Specialization (Dueling Sword)

Level 16 - Duelist 8
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1

Level 17 - Duelist 9
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1, Any +1
Feats: Improved Critical (Dueling Sword), Deflect Arrows(Free)

Level 18 - Duelist 10
Attribute: Dexterity +1
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Notes: Personally, I prefer Crippling Critical - Bleed Damage, but use whatever suits your situation best.

Level 19 - Sword Saint 9
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1, Use Magic Device +1
Feats: Critical Focus
Spells: (3) Dispel Magic, Lightning Bolt

Level 20 - Sword Saint 10
Skills: Athletics +1, Mobility +1, Knowledge (World) +1, Persuasion +1
Spells: (4) Shield of Dawn, Stoneskin

By now your bars are probably glowing with a dozen active abilities. What should you have up as a default, you ask? I'd recommend: Crane Style, Fighting Defensively, Combat Expertise, Spell Combat, Spellstrike, Perfect Critical, Parry - Self, Crippling Critical - Bleed. Anything else should be a use as necessary.
Now, where will your AC be by the end? I had high 60's but I know I didn't take the best AC gear across the board, sometimes damage and abilities need concessions.

Where and when can I find Dueling Swords?
Here are the ones I know for certain of:
*A MW Dueling Sword can be purchase from Oleg in the Outskirts for 400g.
*A +1 Dueling Sword can be found near Viscount Smoulderburn at the Old Sycamore in the Shrike Hills.
*The unique Dueling Sword "Lord Protector" (+2, effects that make the wielder attack teammates impose a -5 penalty on the attacks) is available for returning to Jamandi Aldori after defeating the Stag Lord with 60+ days remaining
*A +1 Frost Dueling Sword is available for sale in your Capital City from Hassuf for 8300g.
*The unique Dueling Sword "Swordsman's Passion" (+2 Agile) can be found in Swamp Witch's Hut in South Narlmarches.
*The unique Dueling Sword "Menace" (+3 Brilliant Energy, +2 bonus to CMD and CMB) is a gift granted by the artisan crafter Shaynih'a.
*A +2 Shock Dueling Sword is available for sale from Dug in the Kellid Barbarian Camp in Dunsward for 18,500g.
*The unique Dueling Sword "Royal Gift" (+3 Keen) is available in Vordakai's Tomb in Tors of Levenies.
*The unique Dueling Sword "Arcane Enforcer" (+3, deals additional 1d6 on hit) is available after defeating Vordakai in his throne room in Vordakai's Tomb in Tors of Levenies.
*After Varnhold Vanishing the Skeletal Salesman will sell a +2 Radiant Dueling Sword for 18,500g.
*A +4 Dueling Sword is available for sale from a Trader in the Rushlight Tournament in Pitax for 32,000g.
*The unique Dueling Sword "Bloodhound" (+5 Speed, Agile, Keen, all successful attacks on the same target add an additional +2 stacking damage) is a reward for defeating Farnirras at the end of the Magical Prison quest.
Hi, first off, I love your builds becuase they have concepts and they don't all go monk or vivi dips (they have their place, but not everywhere). Is there a way to adapt above build for an elf? I like the idea since it's like an elven bladesinger or spells word.or is there a better approach? Long shot but I thought I might as well ask.